Ayrshire OWLs Winter Outdoor Skill Share

Created by Ayrshire OWL Group | Published 01.20.22

Allow our OWL members to bust the myth the outdoor learning is just for warmer months.  Hear from early years, primary, secondary and young adult educators about the activities they do that make the most of the Scottish winter weather.

Our Skill Shares are an opportunity to learn from good practice within the network of outdoor practitioners as well as discuss challenges and successes.

This skill share will be a virtual one.  If you want to join in on our skill share, contact lindatedford@north-ayrshire.gov.uk for the joining link.


Tayside OWL Group winter crafts workshop November 2021

Created by Tayside OWL Group | Published 10.08.21

Tayside OWL Group Winter Crafts workshop November 2021 poster

Identifying Trees

Created by OWL Scotland | Published 10.06.21

A new resource which is suitable for both experienced and novice practitioners guides you though how to teach about identifying trees.

The activities are classified for beginner, intermediate and experienced users.

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Early Years Practitioner Training Directory

Created by OWL Scotland | Published 10.06.21

This is a training directory for Early Year's practitioners who want to develop their outdoor learning practice.

It summarises courses that are or have been on offer to give a broad picture of what is available as well as wwhere to find providers.

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The Sustainable Management of Local Spaces Used Regularly for Learning and Play

Created by OWL Scotland | Published 09.15.21

THE SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF LOCAL SPACES USED REGULARLY FOR LEARNING AND PLAY A case study report for Scottish Forestry written by Penny Martin  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This report, commissioned by Scottish Forestry, explores the issues of sustainable site management for Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) outdoors, to provide case studies, and adjust existing guidance to reflect best practice. A variety of urban sites were visited, in and around Glasgow, and the issue of access, use and care of sites discussed with practitioners and land managers. Case studies included outdoor kindergarten, nursery, forest school and out of school care groups. Impacts were observed on access paths, soils, ground vegetation, and trees in areas of concentrated use such as play camps. Mechanisms such as permission to use, and rotating sites were found to be important in managing impacts through overuse. Building good relationships between education/ play groups, landowners/ managers and the local community was also fundamental to good practice. Some groups clearly had a positive impact through clearing litter and adding community value to otherwise neglected areas. A number of group leaders acknowledged that a lack of formal ecological knowledge may get in the way of fully recognising the impacts their group has over time on a site. This highlights the need for training to help group leaders understand, monitor and use sites more sustainably, and involve the children they support in this environmental stewardship

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